Frosty Funnel - Clitocybe phyllophila

    Description

    This is a 5 to 10 cm white or creamy coloured fungus that may be fairly flat at first but tends to become funnel shaped. The cap develops ochre patches with age. The flesh has a pleasant fruity smell. The stem grows to 8cm and has a swollen, downy base.

    Similar Species

    The Ivory Funnel, Clitocybe rivulosa, is very similar but grows in grassland rather than woodland.

    Habitat

    Amongst leaf litter and pine needles in woods, but may also be found in gardens and compost heaps.

    When to see it

    Autumn

    Life History

    Grows in groups or dense clusters.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not particularly common in Britain, fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map